Questions & Answers
What is your favorite thing about working at Aquarium Co-Op?
My favorite part of working at Aquarium Co-Op is the sense of community and family. I really feel like everything I do really matters and is shown in things like views and sales. It is a great feeling to know that others trust my judgment.
What is your career background? In every sense of the word, I am self-taught. Everything I know was acquired through hours of research and practice. My appreciation for cinematography and score really inspires me to continue to learn as much as I can and produce the best quality videos and photos within my skill set.
What is your most memorable moment at Aquarium Co-Op, and why? Meeting with legends in this hobby, documenting their journey, and then putting it all out there for the rest of the world.
What is your day at Aquarium Co-Op like? I am the cameraman, and edit all videos from start to finish. This includes all graphics, animations, color, and sound. I also create labels and graphics for many in-house products, and take all the product photos to the website.
What is your favorite fish and why? My favorite fish are Celestial Pearl Danios because they look like a tiny brook trout, Pseudomugil luminatus (Red Neon Blue Eye Rainbowfish) because I like their amazing fin action and Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi (Yellow Rainbowfish) because I love rainbows, how they flash and because it’s really hard to find a nice yellow fish.
What is your dream aquarium? An aquascaped 800 Gallon tank with as many Celestial Pearl Danios and as many as you can fit.
– Type of tank: Community planted tank – How long has it been setup? About 6-8 months – Fish stocking list: Celestial Pearl Danios, Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi, Pseudomugil luminatus, cherry shrimp, ramshorn snails – What is your biggest goal or challenge with this aquarium? Evaporation is my biggest challenge because it’s open top
Which products would you recommend highly?
Easy Green It is extremely easy to use and does not require any technical knowledge. It can be used safely with almost any type of livestock. It takes the guess work out of fertilizing aquarium plants. – Xtreme Krill and Spirulina Flake Foods – Flake food is very versatile because you can feed larger flakes to large fish, but you can also break them up to feed nano fish. Xtreme flakes look more natural than other flake foods. They have grooves, so they don’t appear processed. It was created by an experienced hobbyist and not a large company. The reason why I use both types of flakes is because you can’t just feed protein or veggies all the time, you have to mix it up so that your fish get a variety of foods. – Coarse Sponge Pad – because you can cut it to fit any filter and it has the perfect amount of pores per square inch so you don’t have to constantly clean it
Don’t spend money on livestock you don’t have. This will cause you to lose money and make it worse. – Don’t jump to conclusions when your fish are doing something out of the ordinary, medication should be used as a last resort. If you don’t have the space to cover your tank, put a lid over it overnight. In my experience, my fish always jump out of the tank at nighttime – especially rainbow fish. If you’re away for a long time or if you have other priorities, stock your tanks only to the extent that you won’t have a problem. It is better to stock less than you need and consider the worst-case scenario. I.E. You’re away for seven days. A good trim on your plants will go a long way. Trimming plants keeps them healthy and will allow them to grow more bushy. Even if you keep jungle tanks, a nice trim will make sure nothing grows too out of control or shades out other plants. Use your scissors with confidence!